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Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Hey All!

Before I say anything else in this post, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge the special significance of today and remember all of those souls that were lost 12 years ago.  Some of the scenes from that day are forever burned into my memory and I'll never forget.

I hope this post finds you all well and safe.  Summer's end is fast approaching and I'm so getting into the Autumn mode.  It will be evident when you see this post's cards.  Here they are:
Acorns and fiery colored oak leaves are such ambassadors of Fall.  I had forgotten how nice a job Versamark does as a watermark.  The patterned background is done using only Versamark clear embossing ink. The stamp is by Hampton Arts and only has 3 rows of the diamond pattern so I had to use my Stampamajig to line it up all the way across.  The leaves are from a die (I believe Spellbinders) and the acorns stamp is by Inkadinkado.  I fussy cut them out and popped them up along with the leaves using dimensional tape.  I highlighted the acorn tops with a copper pen and the leaves with a Stardust glitter pen along their veins.  The little straps were made by punching out two word windows (StampinUp) and bending them around the card stock.  I then added copper brads to finish them off.  The sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts.
 These two were done with the same stamped image but in different ways.  All of the flower heads (Hero Arts) are dotted with Stickles for some sparkle.  I stamped them in various Fall colors using Distress Inks.  Sentiments are Hero Arts.  These were quick and easy to produce.
And what's Autumn without some Halloween????  I think Bonnie will even approve of this one.  When I found this clear set by Inkadinkado at Michael's, this card popped into my head.  I colored them with Bic markers then "painted" the beakers/test tube with Crystal Glaze to give them a glass look.  Added some glitter to each where appropriate and finished the card with my computer created pun sentiment.
 My last card was made with such a fun stamped image.  It is by Rubber Stamp Ave.  I've had it for quite some time and thought I could use it for Halloween and for birthday cards ("You can't hide from another birthday!" LOL)  Talk about a quick and easy card.  I created the sentiment in Word using a really spooky font.

Pic of the Week
Well, another Wednesday another post.  Hope it was worth your while stopping by.  You know I always love to see that you've visited me.  I'm off now to take a look at everything you have been up to the previous week!  Always love visiting you guys too!



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."


Myrna said...

I just have to comment on the fabulous flower pic of the week first.
Your cards are really great. I love the acorn card. Fall is the best season of the whole year, in my opinion.
Your lab card is sooooo creative and of course the very last card with the spooky person peeking through the blinds is absolutely stunning (in a spooky way LOL )

Glittered Paws said...

Beautiful fall cards, love especially the one with the flowers stamped in fall colors. I am having trouble getting in the fall spirit when it is still 100 outside!!! Love the eyes peeking between the blinds - what a cute stamp and so many uses. Great job this week - so happy to see you back creating.

Jackie said...

Autumn cannot get here quickly enough for me! I love your autumn cards, but my favorite is the last one - something wicked this way comes....perfect! It would be awesome as a birthday card! You, sir, are awesome :-)

Krissy said...

love the card with the fall colored flowers! I am so ready for fall!!! Enough of this hot weather we're having - I'm ready for jeans & sweater weather! I hear the pumpkin patch calling my name...

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Curt!!! Don't I just love all your autumn cards!!! Still trying to decide if I can choose a favorite... lol!!! I think I'm stuck between the first (acorn card) and the last (wicked)... Hummmmmmm?!!!

Your pics of the week always amaze me -- you capture the most beautiful shots!

As always, a great visit here!!!


Patti J said...

Fall is my favorite 'coloring' season. Your cards are always so different from each other! You have soft and pretty, masculine, and fu! I love that last image! Thanks for sharing them, and for the lovely weekly photo!

Lorraine said...

Fab autumn cards Curt, love them all. Also love the gorgeous photo of the flower, isn`t nature wonderful where ever you live.Hugs from Jersey Channel Islands.

Sue from Oregon said...

Hmmm...trying to decide which is my fave, they are all so different so I guess I do not have to pick one...the oak leaf is awesome! And I can only imagine some fun sentiments to go with that last stamp...super super fun!!!

Susan Hogan said...

I have such a difficult time adjusting to the word "fall" for autumn, but I guess it is a bit onomatopoetic. We don't have so many deciduous tree's so don't get the colour changes as much or the leaf fall either, unless it is the English trees planted here during the 18th C. Be that as it may, I LOVE your cards. We don't do Holloween either, but your spooky peek a boo card is fabulous and the Lab one just made me laugh. I especially like the spider inside the fist flask! We are heading into Spring, and the spring colours and flowers are out everywhere. Bring on the warm weather I say! Thanks for your chatty blog Kurt - always love to read it!

Janice Wilson said...

I too love the fall and Halloween. Great cards!!! Thanks for sharing your artwork with us.

Lee said...

Awesome cards as always,that last one is soooo scary LOL.Beautiful pic of the week.Hope your shoulders aren't tooo painful.Thinking of you all.Big

Diane said...

Great fall cards Curt...and the Halloween ones too, the last one is sure unique and clever!! I am into the fall mood myself...and have been "cranking" out both the Fall and Halloween cards. Give those big furry guys a hug from me and Nellie says "hi"!!

lisa808 said...

Beautiful colors on the Fall cards. Fun sentiment on the cute Halloween card. Oh my, awesome image and sentiment on your last card.

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

I lvoe them all too, but the Hero Arts mum of all colors is my favorite.. But the leave and coloring you did is gorgeous. The man peeking through the blinds is awesome...never seen that stamp. An your photograph of the flower......splendor in the grass.

Bonnie Weiss said...

You've been a busy boy this week ... it's probably the adrenaline from thinking about HALLOWEEN!

Nice to see a classic technique used in the Versamark diamond pattern on your first card. Won't be long before our entire trees begin to look just like those leaves.

Now, I want to know ... from whom does a purple specimen come??? You see ... Halloween is creepy!

And the final card, well it could be me. That's how I look when I see anything Halloween! It reminds me of the TV show, Criminal Minds...not funny.

Hugs to all ~B~

Sonja said...

Ah and what a superb start to my day ~ thank you !
I am up early to go to a quilt show with a fear friend~ NO I am not a quilter, one expensive hobby is enuff lol

I do not have a favorite, but very sad to know I have not thought about an Autumn card...til now
This is my favorite season I better get to it again thank you ~
The first card is really striking and beautiful, the set is so awesome basic bit powerful, the third is too funny love that set yes now I need to go lookin, and the last is one I probably would never have looked at but now I love it ! thank you very much lol
I hope the beginning of your Autumn season is full of color, peace and love... all wrapped in happiness ...

Maybe the quilt show will give me some inspiration to go along with your cards hmmm

hugs, Sonja

Beth Norman said...

Yup, you're ready for autumn all right. You did an excellent job with your stampamajig. Wow.

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful cards!!!All are awesome!Love the photo of your flower,Have a Blessed weekend!!!

Kim said...

I'm a fairly new follower of your blog and I have to say I really look forward to your posts.

Thanks for the weekly pick-me-up.

Mary said...

Fall and Spring are two of my favorite times of the year, love your acorn leaves, beautiful! LOVE, love, love the person peeking out of the blinds, too funny! Hope all is well with you, Jay and the boys.

Miranda said...

Curt, you never disappoint! Love, love, love your cards!!!!
Miranda :)

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Worth my time?! You must be kidding! I get so excited to see your posts and savor (and save) them for inspiration! I must say that I LOVE the acorns and leaves card but the "lab-ulous" card made me LOL!! You are so awesome, Curt! Hugs!

Gail said...

Ha, the cards are "lab"ulous!!!
Of course the Halloween ones are my favorite!
Keep up the good work!
Weather's been tropical here, so have been outside!
Hoping to play with the HM people sometime in the next week!

Anonymous said...

Love the use of the flowers for the 'thank you' and 'get well soon' - very good idea and great card set. My absolute favorite is the 'peeking through the blinds' - fun & creepy spooky - right up my alley!!

Anonymous said...

Ha! I'm so stoopid!!!!
Flowers were 'get well' and 'happy birthday' - not 'thank you'. Like you say, hope I'm not a witness at a crime scene - heaven knows what I'd see!!!!
Duh -

Sue said...

Hey, good to see you back creating, and wowzers, you were a busy guy this week. Love the leaves and acorns. Halloween is great and the last one, could be used for so many things, it's a hoot! Have a good week, flower is extraordinary.


dpkennedy said...

These are all great cards! I love your fall leaves...the colors are fabulous and I love the background! The flower image stamped in fall colors is just gorgeous! And your two Halloween cards are fun! Love the last one, lol! Have a great weekend!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Love your autumn cards! The leaves and acorns look amazing! I think my favorite is your Halloween Lab, how fun is that?? Have a great weekend! Carri~Abusybee

Anonymous said...

I look forward to your posts. Your autumn cards are marvelous. And I must admit that the "Man looking through blinds" sent me on a wild Internet search to find that stamp. Thank you for the inspiration.

*Vicki* said...

Hello my friend!! What a gorgeous and fun display of Fall designs!! Fall is my fave time of year with all it's colors and the fun spooky Halloween Holiday!! These are fully showcased here for sure!! :) HUGS

Jean McKenzie said...

Hi Curt, Even though we don't celebrate Fall here, I still love those earthy beautiful colours and will never forget the scenery at this time of the year in the US when I was there! So glad to see you are enjoying your card making again. Your cards are lovely.

Yes we remembered the 11th - that day is one we will never ever forget. The day when the world changed forever.

Take care, hugs!

ursula Uphof said...

Love you fun cards this week Curt. My fav. is the flowers. We are not much into Halloween here, but love to see the creativity of everyone.
Take care and warm greetings from a very hot part of SA. in the south of the country they are having 'hopefully' the last cold front with snow and all. We will possibly get a bit of a cold blast then back to warm weather. hugs, Ursula

America said...

You Halloween cards are always sooooo much FUN and make me smile!!! Thanks for the inspiration my friend. :)